US 6945340 B2
A center vacuum rotary drill bit including a rotary drill bit body and an insert. The bottom surface of the slot has a projecting key that cooperates with a depression keyway of the insert. Generally vertical sidewall surfaces of a depression keyway and vertical surfaces of a projection key provide mechanical resistance against lateral movement of the cutting insert. This mechanical resistance reduces displacement of the insert with respect to the bit body during brazing and thus a high quality, accurately aligned drill bit assembly is provided by applicants' invention. The depression keyway is designed so as to minimize the effect of the axial load on the insert by avoiding sharp corners which tend to amplify nominal stress and provides an insert of a proper carbide density after pressing. Integral bit body protuberance means adequately separate the insert within the slot and permit braze flow between the insert and slot. The protuberance means enhance braze flow when braze is fed between the insert body and bit body.
1. A bit insert comprising:
a pair of oppositely facing generally parallel side surfaces, a pair of oppositely inclined top surfaces extending between said side surfaces and a U-shaped depression extending upward from the bottom of said insert, wherein a vertical surface portion of said U-shaped depression provides mechanical resistance to displacement from a bit body and wherein the U-shaped depression forms a void that makes said insert approximately between 30%-50% by weight less than an insert of equal dimension without a depression therein.
2. The bit insert according to
3. The bit insert according to
This application is a division of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/888,770, filed Jun. 25, 2001 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,684,968.
This application is related to copending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/376,725, filed Aug. 17, 1999, to Ted R. Massa et al. (Case No. K-1313D), entitled “ROTATABLE CUTTING BIT ASEMBLY WITH WEDGE LOCK RETENTION ASSEMBLY.”
This invention relates to a roof bit assembly. More particularly, this invention relates to a roof bit insert assembly for securely connecting an insert onto a bit body.
Roof bits are used in a violent environment in which heavy loads and torques are continually applied to the roof bits at a high rate. One inch diameter roof bits are commonly operated at about 250-600 rpm and 1000-8000 pounds thrust. These conditions also generate excessive heat at the tip end of the roof bit assembly.
A hard wear resistant insert for use in a center vacuum rotary drill bit is typically formed of cemented tungsten carbide and is secured by brazing the insert within a slot formed within a top working surface of the body of the rotary drill bit. The hard wear resistant insert secured within the top working surface of the rotary drill bit body typically wears or dulls before the drill bit body becomes worn and unusable such that the user of the center vacuum rotary drill bit must either replace the entire rotary drill bit, attempt to replace the insert with a new insert of similar size, or attempt to resharpen the insert. Replacement of the entire center vacuum rotary drill bit is costly and resharpening of the insert may only be performed a limited number of times before the top working surface of the drill bit body frictionally engages the material to be cut.
In U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,310,015; 5,184,925 and 5,226,489, to Woods et al., a roof bit assembly is disclosed wherein a support bar is positioned between the insert bit and bit body for adjusting the height that the insert bit extends beyond the top surface of the roof bit body. In U.S. Pat. No. 5,184,925, the insert body has a semicircular notch 50 therein and the support bar has a corresponding convex portion for cooperating with the depression. The support bar in these roof bits results in additional assembly time during original manufacturing or when replacing inserts onto a bit body. The assembly of these roof bits can be even more time consuming and cumbersome in the field. The support bar also requires maintaining additional parts and undesirable expanding inventories.
In U.S. Pat. No. 4,356,873, to Dziak, an insert is provided with a notch that cooperates with a projection 38 on a retainer clip that must be fixed into a slot of the bit body. The retainer clip is laterally held in position in the bit body slot by flanges 40 that cooperate with the exterior cylindrical wall of the bit body.
There is a need in the industry for a mining roof bit that requires a minimum number of parts, is easy to assemble accurately, braze, and comparatively inexpensive in cost. There is also a need in the industry for an insert that is securely held in the bit body during drilling operations and is not as readily knocked loose from the bit body.
Briefly, according to this invention there is provided a center vacuum rotary drill bit including a rotary drill bit body and an insert. The rotary drill bit body includes a top working surface having a slot extending transversely across the top working surface. The slot includes a first sidewall, an opposite second sidewall and a bottom surface extending between the first sidewall and the second sidewall. The insert includes a pair of oppositely facing generally parallel side surfaces, a pair of oppositely facing end surfaces extending between and interconnecting the side surfaces, a pair of oppositely inclined top surfaces extending between and interconnecting the side and end surfaces, and a bottom surface extending transversely to and interconnecting the side and end surfaces. The bottom surface of the slot has a projecting key that cooperates with a depression keyway of the insert.
In one embodiment, generally vertical sidewall surfaces of a depression keyway and vertical sidewall surfaces of a projection key provide mechanical resistance against lateral movement of the cutting insert. This mechanical resistance reduces displacement of the insert with respect to the bit body during brazing and thus a high quality, accurately aligned drill bit assembly is provided by applicants' invention. Additionally, it is believed that during drilling operations the vertical surfaces assist in resisting lateral displacement caused by lateral force loads and torques applied to the cutting ends of the insert.
The depression keyway is designed so as to minimize the effect of the axial load on the insert by avoiding sharp corners which tend to amplify nominal stress and provides for an insert of a proper carbide density after pressing.
Integral bit body protuberance means contact the insert along the slot, the protuberance means are cylindrical ridges, semispherical, circular, prisms, angular or an equivalent shape or form. The protuberance means adequately separate the insert within the slot and permit braze flow between the insert and slot. The protuberance means enhance braze flow when braze is fed between the insert body and bit body.
The overall bottom surface area of the cemented tungsten carbide insert is significantly increased by the keyway depression. The key and keyway increase the surface contact area between the bottom surface area of the insert and cooperating bottom surface of the slot. The increased surface contact area allows for additional braze to be applied between the insert and bit body slot enhancing the strength of the bond between the insert and bit body.
Another added benefit of the depression keyway is that the depression keyway in the tungsten carbide reduces the amount of tungsten carbide or other material needed to manufacture the insert. In comparison to an insert bit dimensionally equivalent in shape and size to applicants' insert without a keyway, 30%-50% by weight less tungsten is needed to make applicant's insert bit. Cemented tungsten carbide is relatively expensive and applicants, insert design significantly reduces material costs.
The invention requires a minimum number parts for assembly, reduces material cost and provides for a strong and precisely assembled roof bit.
Further features and other aspects and advantages of this invention will become clear from the following detailed description made with reference to the drawings in which:
In the following description, like reference characters designate like or corresponding parts. Referring now to
The bit body 12 includes at least a pair of opposing dust collection openings 18 angularly positioned with respect to a central vertical axis 20 of the drill bit body. The dust collection openings 18 are disposed within recessed surfaces 22. As shown in
The top working surface 14 of the drill bit body 12 has an irregular surface configuration defined by an alternating first pair of oppositely disposed trailing surfaces 28 and a second pair of oppositely disposed tapered compression surfaces 30. The trailing surfaces 28 are generally parallel to the top surface of the insert and extend downwardly and outwardly in a direction away from the vertical central axis 20 of the drill bit body 12 and provide a backup or support for an insert 32. The tapered compression surfaces 30 are of a generally semicircular shape. The lower edge of each of the compression surfaces 30 abuts with the recessed surface 22, which together cooperatively act as a conduit for dust and the like to flow to the openings 18.
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The insert 32 secured within the slot 34 may be of a type having a plate-like configuration and made of a high strength, wear-resistant material such as cemented tungsten carbide and the like. The insert is typically made from a hard material such a tungsten carbide-cobalt alloy. Exemplary materials for the hard inserts include cobalt cemented tungsten carbide grades such as a Grade 1 that contains 5.4 weight percent cobalt (the balance tungsten carbide), a tungsten carbide grain size of 1-18 (micrometers), and a Rockwell A hardness of 88.2; a Grade 2 that contains 6.3 weight percent cobalt with the balance being tungsten carbide; a tungsten grain size of 1-12 micrometers, and a Rockwell A hardness of 89.6; and a Grade 3 that contains 6.0 weight percent cobalt (the balance being tungsten carbide), a tungsten carbide grain size of 1-9 micrometers, and a Rockwell A hardness equal to 90.7. While the above three grades are acceptable grades of cemented tungsten carbide, the preferred grade of cemented tungsten carbide for the hard inserts is ***Kennametal Grade K3012E***.
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The keyway 50 in the tungsten carbide reduces the amount of tungsten carbide or other hard material needed to manufacture the insert. For instance, in comparison to an insert bit dimensionally equivalent in size to applicants' insert that does not have a keyway or any other notches thereinbetween, 30-50% by weight less tungsten is needed to make applicants' insert bit. Cemented tungsten carbide is significantly more expensive per pound than the cost of steel used to construct the additional bit body key 51 that is needed to provide support within the inverted U-shaped arch.
The U-shaped depression does not include any sharp edges and has a smooth contour allowing for more uniform compaction during manufacturing. In pressing cemented tungsten carbide drill bit inserts, sharp edges of irregular, angular rough dyes result in nonuniform compaction and density of the cemented tungsten carbide material. The nonuniform density of cemented tungsten carbide results in material weakness adjacent the sharp angular surfaces that is more susceptible to fracture. The bottom surfaces 48 adjacent the U-shape depression are rounded at the corners 41 to also insure more uniform carbide density at the corners. The corners 41 have a radius of between 0.03-0.18 inches. Similarly, the apex of the bit insert where the two top inclined surfaces 46 meet can also be rounded for the same purpose.
Another benefit of having a U-shaped keyway 50 and projection key 51 is that the generally vertical sidewall surface sections 53 of the keyway and vertical surface sections 55 of the projection key provide mechanical resistance against radially outward movement of the cutting insert. This mechanical resistance reduces dislocation of the insert with respect to the bit body during assembly prior to brazing, during brazing and it is believed during operational use of the roof bit. The height of the vertical surface 53 is of sufficient height to ensure that when the insert is positioned in the slot more than just a minimal amount of axial displacement must occur before the contacting vertical surfaces of the insert 53 and projection key 55 are axially displaced so as to disengage. The height of the vertical surface 53 of the key extends generally between 0.04-0.10 inches. When assembling the insert and bit body together the cooperating key and keyway enable the insert to be quickly and accurately positioned without the necessity of manually measuring and aligning the insert into its proper position on the bit body. The cooperating key and keyway also substantially help interlock the insert to the bit body reducing the likelihood of separation failure in the field. Copending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/376,725, filed Aug. 17, 1999, to Ted R. Massa et al. (Case No. K-1313D), entitled “ROTATABLE CUTTING BIT ASEMBLY WITH WEDGE LOCK RETENTION ASSEMBLY” is herein incorporated by reference. Additionally, the contact surface area is significantly increased between the cooperating projection and depression surfaces which provides the added benefit of increased surface area for applying braze and improving the bond between the insert and bit body. Hence, the cooperating projection key and keyway depression enhance the connection between the insert and bit body by improving both physical resistance and the braze joint.
It is believed that an inverted U-shape concave depression 50 better distributes an applied axial force during cutting or drilling by the bit 10 thereby preventing fracture of the insert 32. It will be appreciated that the design of the concave U-shaped depression 50 similar to a semicircular depression minimizes the effect of the axial load on the insert 32 during use by eliminating sharp corners that amplify nominal stress.
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Alternatively, the insert can be brazed to the bit body by employing a braze material shaped to correspond to the shape of the insert including a keyway. The braze material and insert are positioned into the bit body slot and heated together in combination to melt the braze that bonds the insert to the bit body.
The large U-shaped key central to the insert bit improves heat transfer away from the tip end of the bit body during drilling in comparison to prior art roof bits without a key and cooperating keyway. The bit body steel has a higher heat transfer conduction rate than the hard material (e.g., tungsten carbide) of the insert bit. Hence, on account of lower operating temperatures, it is believed that lower temperature braze alloys than HANDY HI-TEMP 548 can be used. A lower temperature brazing operation helps reduce the energy costs in manufacturing the roof bit assembly.
In a second embodiment illustrated in
In other embodiments, the protuberance means that contact the insert along the slot can be semispherical, circular, prisms or other shapes that adequately separate the insert within the slot and permit braze flow between and about the insert and slot.
Although the invention was primarily developed in connection with a center vacuum rotary drill bit, and is thus described with respect thereto, it will be readily apparent that applicants' improved insert spacer assembly may be used with equal facility for other tools such as rotary drill bits and the like. Accordingly, the description of the invention in relation to a center vacuum rotary drill bit is not to be construed as a limitation on the scope of the invention.
The documents, patents and patent applications referred to herein are hereby incorporated by reference.
Having described presently preferred embodiments of the invention, it is to be understood that it may be otherwise embodied within the scope of the appended claims.